Special Issue "Cyber-Physical Systems: Data Processing and Communication Architectures"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Davide Patti

Department of Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy
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Interests: cyber–physical systems; networks on chip; design space exploration; artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Last generation computing architectures have evolved from traditional stand-alone embedded systems to complex environments, where computational elements tightly interact with physical entities, such as sensors networks and I/O devices. These systems, usually referred as cyber-physical Systems (CPS), enabled a flourishing ecosystem of architectures and platforms where smart objects, users and communication infrastructures interact to support intelligent context-aware services and applications. Smart grids, medical monitoring, smart cities, distributed pollution and tracking are just a few examples of concrete applications that are gaining attraction among industries and institutions. However, the mobility and pervasiveness requirements of such environments impose energy consumption constraints that must be met in a context of increasing computational needs, due the processing of large amounts of data coming from sensing and input devices.

This Special Issue aims at exploring emerging approaches, ideas and contributions to address the challenges in the design of energy efficient computational-centric smart objects in CPS. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Design Platforms and Tools for IoT-based ecosystems for optimizing energy/performance tradeoffs
  • Deep Learning and Deep Computation for CPS
  • Novel architectures for embedded low power computing in CPS
  • Approximate Computing for energy-efficient applications
  • Network-on-Chip Architectures
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
Dr. Davide Patti
Guest Editor

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  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Network-on-Chip
  • Deep Learning
  • Approximate Computing

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Open AccessArticle An Effective Security Requirements Engineering Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems
Technologies 2018, 6(3), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030065
Received: 24 May 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 July 2018 / Published: 12 July 2018
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Context and motivation: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) are gaining priority over other systems. The heterogeneity of these systems increases the importance of security. Both the developer and the requirement analyst must consider details of not only the software, but also the hardware perspective, including
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Context and motivation: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) are gaining priority over other systems. The heterogeneity of these systems increases the importance of security. Both the developer and the requirement analyst must consider details of not only the software, but also the hardware perspective, including sensor and network security. Several models for secure software engineering processes have been proposed, but they are limited to software; therefore, to support the processes of security requirements, we need a security requirements framework for CPSs. Question/Problem: Do existing security requirements frameworks fulfil the needs of CPS security requirements? The answer is no; existing security requirements frameworks fail to accommodate security concerns outside of software boundaries. Little or even no attention has been given to sensor, hardware, network, and third party elements during security requirements engineering in different existing frameworks. Principal Ideas/results: We have proposed, applied, and assessed an incremental security requirements evolution approach, which configures the heterogeneous nature of components and their threats in order to generate a secure system. Contribution: The most significant contribution of this paper is to propose a security requirements engineering framework for CPSs that overcomes the issue of security requirements elicitation for heterogeneous CPS components. The proposed framework supports the elicitation of security requirements while considering sensor, receiver protocol, network channel issues, along with software aspects. Furthermore, the proposed CPS framework has been evaluated through a case study, and the results are shown in this paper. The results would provide great support in this research direction. Full article

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